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FlySA wants the government to rearrange public holidays

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  • FlySA, one of South Africa’s low-cost airlines, has asked the government to amend the Public Holiday Act to shift public holidays from midweek days to Friday and Monday in order to enhance business.
  • According to airline statistics, South Africans prefer long weekends; thus, shifting public holidays from midweek to weekends will promote business and resurrect the tourism industry, which has been on the verge of collapse since last year’s heavy hit from the COVID 19 pandemic closure.
  • FlySA states that on long weekends, passenger volumes climb by more than 20%.
  • FlySA has submitted the request to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), and after the council accepts it, the airline intends to raise the issue with government officials.
  • This comes as the tourism industry is expected to recover following South Africa’s removal from the UK’s list of prohibited countries for travel to and from the country.

FlySA, one of South Africa’s low-cost airlines, has asked the government to amend the Public Holiday Act to shift public holidays from midweek days to Friday and Monday in order to enhance business.

According to airline statistics, South Africans prefer long weekends; thus, shifting public holidays from midweek to weekends will promote business and resurrect the tourism industry, which has been on the verge of collapse since last year’s heavy hit from the COVID 19 pandemic closure.

FlySA states that on long weekends, passenger volumes climb by more than 20%. Numerous hospitality establishments report sold-out weekends. For instance, the eThekwini municipality stated that establishments were fully booked over last month’s Heritage Day public holiday.

FlySA has submitted the request to the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA), and after the council accepts it, the airline intends to raise the issue with government officials. FlySA indicates that it intends to persuade the tourist department to bring the motion before parliament

The airline noted in a statement that their goal is not to diminish the historical significance of the days, but to urge South Africans to travel again in order to boost the tourism industry’s performance. This comes as the tourism industry is expected to recover following South Africa’s removal from the UK’s list of prohibited countries for travel to and from the country. Britain has historically been the most important international source market for tourists in South Africa during the summer season, and FlySa believes that with domestic market backing, the tourism sector can be revitalized.

Additionally, FlySA’s CEO detailed how the program will aid in stimulating the economy, which has been struggling since the lockdown began. He emphasized how the country’s economic position required inventive and exceptional methods to resurrect it.

“Our intention is in no way to diminish the importance of these historical days,” said Elmar Conradie, FlySafair’s CEO, in a public statement announcing the proposal on Tuesday.

“Our aim would be to look at how the time off from work can be better used to benefit the tourism industry and encourage South Africans to travel again. These are unprecedented times and therefore require some new ways of thinking. We believe our proposal presents the government with a novel idea to stimulate economic growth and recovery for the country as a whole.”

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